It takes a lot to make it as an NFL quarterback and bad players don’t usually last long in the league — with some exceptions.
We can all agree that Ryan Fitzpatrick was a solid backup with glimpses of great play, but he was never a franchise-caliber quarterback.
That’s why it was kind of ironic to hear him calling Jared Goff a ‘poor man’s Matt Ryan,’ and the former No. 1 pick kept receipts after finding out about that comment.
Notably, Goff didn’t waste the opportunity to stick it to Fitzpatrick and call him out for those comments right after the Detroit Lions beat the Green Bay Packers on the road:
“I didn’t know I was a poor man’s anything,” Goff said. “I heard about that.”
— NFL on Prime Video (@NFLonPrime) September 29, 2023
The entire TV crew burst into laughter after Goff’s petty response, but he was right on point.
Granted that Jared Goff hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being a No. 1 pick, he’s actually been more than decent in the past couple of years.
Perhaps Sean McVay’s offense wasn’t suited for his style, however, he still led the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl years ago.
Goff has slowly but steadily redeemed himself in the league, and it would be hard to think of 15 quarterbacks who are better than him in today’s game, perhaps even 12.
As for Fitzpatrick, he was benched in the midst of a career year in favor of Tua Tagovailoa, and he wasn’t able to come back from that.
Several fan bases still love Fitzmagic and it’ll be tough to break his record of starting for nine different NFL teams, but other than that, maybe he shouldn’t do that much talking.NEXT: Lions Get Major David Montgomery Update Ahead Of Packers Game